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Published: Thursday, Aug. 2 2012 3:41 p.m. MDT

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thunder struck
Murray, UT

ur lucky ur not arrested. smoking pot is not good. DARE

Wallbanger
Spanish Fork, UT

thunder struck

You do realize that most police officers don't arrest people for carrying a small amount of pot on them anymore. Most just give you a class B misdemeanor ticket to appear in court. A large amount like intent to distribute would get you arrested. Pot is harmless compared to alcohol, the number one reason there is domestic violence. What is DARE? Drugs Are Really Expensive?

Best of luck to you Blechen, you're a stud and I know you'll learn from this. Looking forward to when you get back on the field.

Runner
Chandler, AZ

Way to go Whit, once again showing the HIGH degree of integrity that this program is known for. You have someone who broke the law and you give him 3 games. 3 lousy games. If this program had half the character that the team does that you always like to poke fun at, he would really be held accountable, kicked out of school and be told to work his way back after showing a real change, not just be given a slap on the wrist and held out until league play begins.

Osgrath
Provo, UT

What is Runner talking about? Does he have detailed knowledge of the situation to know whether the punishment is adequate? Does he know that Whit is making fun of BYU? I've never noticed that, and I follow BYU pretty closely. Does he know for a fact that Bronco would have kicked an athlete out of school for whatever Blechen's transgression was?

Personally, I find the most efficient way to make a fool out of oneself is to state strong opinions based on insufficient information. And as a Cougar fan I personally dislike it when other Cougar fans make fools of themselves because I feel like I get hit by the fallout.

CO Ute
PARKER, CO

@runner

Your supposed moral superiority offends me deeply. First, the young man was suspended for breaking a team rule which has been reported as failing a drug test. This is very different from someone that is caught breaking the law. Utah has team rules regarding this type of situation and Coach Whit is following the rules exactly as written. Your opinion that Mr. Blechen should be kicked out of school is simply that; your opinion and nothing more. No one asked for your opinion who the university should conduct their business.

Next time you find your self exceeding the speed limit, I suggest you follow your own advice and surrender your drivers license and then work your way back after showing a real change. After all you should be held accountable because you broke the law.

Tomahawk Red
North Salt Lake, UT

Runner...

Give it a rest. Blechen made a mistake. First offense. Is that how the Y deals with mistakes? Punish someone to the fullest extent for screwing up the first time?

If that's how the Y does it, they should be ashamed of their narrow view of the world.

Actually, three games is a bit LONG for a mistake of this kind. Should've been one or at most, two game suspension. Then, if Blechen does it again... the punishment should be more severe.

Prep Fanatic
Los Angeles, CA

It was reported in the press that this was not Blechen's first failed drug test. If this is true, then yes the punishment should've been harsher! Sometimes we put sports way ahead of what's really important. Lesson's do not get learned when things like this get pushed aside. I am a Utah fan, and I too would like to see Blechen playing. the problem is, is that all of these athletes think that they're bigger than the game. Marajuana is an illegal drug in Utah. I hope Blechen learns his lesson this time. He has way to much talent to waste!

sammyg
Springville, UT

CO Ute

"Your supposed moral superiority offends me deeply. First, the young man was suspended for breaking a team rule which has been reported as failing a drug test. This is very different from someone that is caught breaking the law."

I guess you are right CO Ute. You've convinced me to join the ACLU and the fight to dismiss DNA testing too.

Tomahawkie

"Give it a rest. Blechen made a mistake. First offense."

Multiple infractions = 1. Sign me up for the next Ute math course.

Go BYU, Chick-Fil-A and Mitt!

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

@Runner and Thunderstruck

Of course BYU would have handled it differently. They have a code and they are a church run program. It is what it is. If you agree with what you think would likely happen at BYU, and then demonize Utah for it, you are no different than a Ute fan who rips BYU for kicking players in certain kinds of trouble out of school. To me, Blechen's suspension isn't some kind of Mickey Mousse affair.

Weed is a bigger deal to some over others. Yes it is against the law, but there are many laws. Most of us exceed the speed limit at times. There are strong opinions on drugs, specifically weed, that have many points of view. Thankfully, lawful punishments aren't as harsh as they used to be. I for one would favor the legalization of pot. Still, it doesn't help you become a better football player, and most coaches would frown upon it for their players.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Runner, don't even get on your accountability high horse...BYU has no credibility when it comes to accountability any more. Maybe you noticed that just yesterday BYU disciplined O'Neill Chambers for the same reasons as Blechen (violation of team rules). Blechen got 3 games - Chambers got ZERO. That's right - he's suspended for fall camp but he'll be right back on the field for BYU's first game.

So do you really want to preach on about accountability?

CougarinVegas
HENDERSON, NV

My take on the Article is that Whit is a great coach and he will help Blechen make a course correction that will benefit his life. I like Bronco but was disappointed when BYU didn't get Kyle. He is a special coach.

YGradFan
CENTERVILLE, UT

Ute fans, please ignore some of the stupid and senseless comments other anti-ute fans are making about this story and situation. I'm not a Ute fan, but can see the bigger picture with this situation. Any team in the state, whether Utah, BYU, Utah State, etc. has had players do something like this. I think Whit did a great job in handling this situation.

With this said, I'm wondering why anyone, regardless of school affiliation, would be so willing to not only put their own career and success on the line, but especially their team's, for something so selfish and senseless? You know the possible consequences. Why take a chance in disappointing family, friends, teammates, and fans? Just something that has never made any sense to me.

YGradFan
CENTERVILLE, UT

...also glad to see Blechen is taking accountability for it. Just hope he learns from it and is able to make it back.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Brave Sir Robin

"Runner, don't even get on your accountability high horse...BYU has no credibility when it comes to accountability any more. Maybe you noticed that just yesterday BYU disciplined O'Neill Chambers for the same reasons as Blechen (violation of team rules). Blechen got 3 games - Chambers got ZERO."

Your feable, whiney attempt at deflection has ZERO credibility. O'Neill Chambers will never again play football for BYU.

As for K-Whit's three-game slap on the wrist to Blechen, Brian not only broke "team rules", he also broke the law; the kind of "rule breaking" that lands most people in JAIL.

MULTIPLE failed drug tests means Blechen has been breaking the law for a long time. Instead of trying to sweep this under the rug, Utah fans should be outraged at the black eye Blechen has given the Utah football program.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@osgrath

You do a great job all on your own, no fallout needed.

But the fact is runner knows what he is talking about here and you don't. It has been reported in both local major papers, and on every sport talk radio station, that blechen failed MULTIPLE drug screens for marijuana. In otherwords yes everyone knows this was not the 1st time he's been caught but it is the 1st time anyting that could be considered in any way significant has been done. And this was not whittigham doing it, it was school policy. The fact whittingham and hill have been no shows on the matter shows us all we need to know.

Now whether or not Bronco would be more strict is not something we can answer definitively but we all know he has been much stricter in the past, as has the University itself. It has only been a couple of months since 2 players from the baseball team were kicked off the team and out of school for smoking dope. 1st time caught and they are gone, there's your answer.

Speak about efficiently making a fool out of yourself.

Unca Bon
OREM, UT

Yeah, Chambers is done, so that point is mute. BYU does just fine disciplining their players, and Ute fans trying to argue against that after Harvey Unga and Brandon Davies were both suspended are blowing hot air (and their infractions weren't even against the law). That said, I think the 3 game suspension is appropriate.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

How did McMahon stay eligible for five years?

Under-age consumption of alcohol is/was not illegal in Provo?

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Brian not only broke "team rules", he also broke the law; the kind of "rule breaking" that lands most people in JAIL."

I've never heard of anyone going to jail for failing an institutionally performed drug test. Brian's kind of "rule breaking" is the kind that most people receive institutionally established disciplinary action for. Like probation, drug counseling, and eventually dismissal. The same kind Brian is receiving. Some of you haters are a little funny, others are just silly.

StGtoSLC
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Unca Bon, if I'm not mistaken, Harvey Unga left school, he was not suspended. Why would we trust your opinion on allegations against the Utes if you don't even know what happens with your own team?

Unca Bon
OREM, UT

Semantics.

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